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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 13, 1912

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - October 13, 1912

 Jesus +                                13th October 1912

Darling little sister,

I wish you a very happy St Teresa’s day. On this day, may our dear little sister grant you all the graces that she wishes to see shine within you.

The day after tomorrow, 15th Oct., we’re having a taking of the Veil ceremony. His Lordship will be here. Then, at the end of November, I think it will be the elections. May 1913 see our Angel proclaimed “Venerable”! You can see how rapidly events succeed one another in our lives. Life shouldn’t seem long to us and yet exile weighs heavily upon me!

I’d like to reply to all your questions and not forget anything. Yes, Mgr Amette went to the grave with Mgr Lemonnier. Photographers went up to capture the scene. Pictures have already appeared in magazines, but we have only glimpsed them. Mr Le Maitre is having them made into postcards for us but he’s dying to give them to us.

I haven’t heard about the crown of thorns on Thérèse’s prie-dieu.

The Roques family is looking after Les Buissonnets. They are merely custodians. They are living in the 5 attic rooms on the top floor. They have a son at the seminary. They are very good people and are very pleased with their lot.

Thérèse’s bedroom has been transformed into a chapel. At a later date, an altar will be placed there where priests can say Mass.

Concerning the furniture, I would like you, sometime, to remind Jeanne, as if of your own accord, that she has some furniture of ours, specifying what exactly and where it is.

You could tell her, for instance, that you’ve been asked for Papa’s bedroom set and that you don’t have it. A few months ago already, we mentioned the mahogany bedroom set to her, believing that she had all the furniture, but she didn’t seem to remember it. She confused it with one of Mr David’s, which was also mahogany. In short, I think the furniture has been mislaid; she doesn’t remember the marble covered dresser or the bed either. Léonie, I’m counting on you for this, but it’s not urgent.

As for the stained-glass windows for the bedroom, we won’t put them in until after the beatification, because just now our hands are tied on account of the visions. I’ll send you an English copy of the book when I have the opportunity.

Don’t show the picture of Joan of Arc to anyone, not even to Fr Robert. I’m making some corrections to it, such as making the sword less menacing. It will represent an ideal, like a symbol. As for the description I gave you, I exaggerated slightly to make sure you understood, but in reality I don’t think that Joan is inactive in heaven either.

I must hurry; I’ve come back to this letter several times so I don’t think it’s coherent. What is coherent is my affection for you, so I send you a heartfelt kiss. Your little sister who loves and cherishes you

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa u.c.n.

I offer my affectionate respects to your Mothers.

P.S. – Enclosed is a postcard that I like very much and which I’ve been keeping for you for a long time. How I’d love to be part of the group! Yet we are part of it when we let ourselves be ravaged by life’s misfortunes, which at times are crueller than fierce beasts.

Therefore, we, too, are martyrs of Christ when we patiently bear the sorrows of everyday life.